Featured Partner Scholarships: January/February 2023
By Matt Konrad
We’ve officially hit the busiest part of scholarship season, so we’re bringing you a bonus roundup of featured programs from Scholarship America’s partners! This time around, we’re featuring a game-changing program for Black pharmacy doctorate students; a four-year renewable award for students in Allegheny County, PA; a new program for Florida undergrads; and a longstanding scholarship to assist those who have lost a parent in the line of public service duty.
If none of these featured awards are right for you, of course, there are dozens of other options available to apply for right now—visit our full scholarship listing for details!
Good Neighbor Pharmacy Scholarship
“Only 5 percent of today’s licensed pharmacists are Black, and 20 percent are considered non-white,” says Ann Anaya, AmerisourceBergen’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer. “Diversity in healthcare is essential to supporting cultural competencies within specific communities, and when a patient is represented and culturally understood, there is greater potential for successful outcomes. There is so much untapped talent and potential out there.”
That need for further diversity and representation in the healthcare industry led the Amerisource Bergen Foundation and Good Neighbor Pharmacy to create the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Scholarship Program, awarding $25,000 renewable scholarships to Black and African American students pursuing pharmacy doctorate degrees.
Applications for the program are open through February 28, and applicants must be current college undergraduate or graduate students who plan to enroll in fulltime study at an accredited school for the entire upcoming academic year; preference will be given to those attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
To apply, you must self-identify as Black or African American and must be planning to pursue a pharmacy doctorate degree. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent (current pharmacy doctorate students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA).
Financial need will be taken into consideration. Scholarship amounts of up to $25,000/year may be renewed for up to three subsequent years or until a doctorate is earned, whichever comes first—that’s a maximum total of up to $100,000 toward your pharmacy doctorate. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
Applications are open through February 28. Apply Now >
Lola G. Duff and William H. Duff, II Scholarship Program
High school seniors and graduates from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, can earn renewable scholarships up to $15,000 per academic year from the Lola G. Duff and William H. Duff, II Scholarship Program, open now for applications.
To apply, you must have attended at least two academic years, and graduated from, a high school or home school in Allegheny County, and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study next academic year at an accredited four-year college or university. You must be pursuing an initial bachelor’s degree; finally, you’ll have to get an online recommendation and submit a letter from a clergyperson verifying that you are of the Protestant faith.
Two different types of awards are available through this program: financial need-based awards (which consider your family’s expected financial contribution to your education) and merit-based awards (which consider only your academic achievement). You can receive both types of awards in the same year, but you will have to fill out separate applications for each. All of the requirements listed above apply to both types of awards, and there’s a slight difference in GPA requirement: need-based applicants require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and merit-based applicants a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
For students who demonstrate financial need, award amounts will range from $4,000 to $15,000. For merit-based applicants, award amounts are $6,000/year at public schools or $12,000/year at private schools. Both types of awards can be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is completed, whichever comes first, provided you continue to meet eligibility requirements.
If you’re from Allegheny County, PA, this is an excellent and unique opportunity for a generous award!
Applications are open through March 1, 3:00 pm CT. Apply Now >
MissionSquare Retirement Memorial Scholarship
The MissionSquare Retirement Memorial Scholarship Fund honors education, health care, not-for-profit, public safety, and other local and state government employees who died while in service to their communities. Established in 2001, the fund has raised over $1.5 million and has awarded more than 500 scholarships to surviving children and spouses of fallen public sector employees from across the nation.
High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who are surviving children or spouses of those employees and who are planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational school full time for the upcoming academic year are eligible to apply.
MissionSquare Retirement recognizes that educators, health care workers, and those serving in the not-for-profit industries are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone who applies for and is awarded a scholarship has had a loved one who has made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good. MissionSquare is proud to demonstrate its commitment to the families of fallen champions.
Applications are open through April 1. Apply Now >
Oportun is an A.I.-powered digital banking platform that seeks to make financial health effortless for anyone and has helped over a million people establish a credit score. As part of its commitment to the communities it serves and to help more young people achieve their higher education goals, the Oportun Scholarship program is providing up to 25 Florida students with $2,000 scholarships, and applications are open through March 20.
To apply, you must be a high school senior, high school graduate or college undergrad, living and attending college in Florida. You must also be planning to enroll in part-time or full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the state for the entire upcoming academic year.
There’s no minimum GPA and students from all majors are invited to apply, particularly finance and non-medical STEM fields. In addition to demonstrating your academic performance, community involvement and leadership, Oportun also wants to know what higher education will mean to you and your family, what financial wellness means to you—and what are some of your personal best practices and/or goals when it comes to money management.
Think about your financial future and apply today for the Oportun Scholarship if you’re eligible. A $2,000 scholarship can help anyone’s financial health—including yours!
Applications are open through March 20. Apply Now >